This episode features a conversation with Karen Montgomery, Tim Fahlberg, and Wesley Fryer about why wikis should be considered a “basic ingredient” for gourmet learning in the 21st century, and how Tim’s MathCast project is a phenomenal example of using digital storytelling technologies to learn and share our learning with others. Like writing, learning mathematics should be viewed as a process and not simply a series of final answers. Meta-cognition is the ability to “think about one’s own thinking,” and Mathcasts provide a great window into the thinking and learning process of students as well as teachers. By using a $50 graphics tablet and free digital technologies like VoiceThread, PBwiki, and software from the Jing Project, learners of any age can (and ARE) creating MathCasts to document and share their learning. The ability to comment on and provide feedback on the learning and ideas of others via VoiceThread provides superb opportunities for asynchronous, thoughtful mentoring. Possibilities abound! Check out our podcast shownotes for links to resources discussed in this episode, including our “Geek of the Week” websites! Happy Holidays to everyone from your hosts at The Technology Shopping Cart! 🙂

Show Notes:

  1. XTimeline
  2. Karen’s Social Bookmarks
  3. Jing Project (screencasting)
  4. NPR Technology Podcast
  5. Google StreetView
  6. Google Street View Captures Boston in Controversial Detail (NPR)
  7. PBwiki
  8. Wiki in Education Case Study: St. Francois Xavier Community School
  9. Will Richardson’s Blog and Book: Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms
  10. Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams
  11. The K-12 Online Conference: A great FREE place to learn about wikis and other web 2.0 technologies
  12. Educational Technology Gourmet (Karen and Wesley’s digital learning curriculum project)
  13. The Thinking Machine Wiki (Karen Montgomery’s wiki)
  14. The Technology Shopping Cart Wiki (our podcast wiki)
  15. Make Your Own Mathcasts
  16. A portfolio page for a set of VoiceThread Mathcasts by 5th graders
  17. K-7 Mathcast 500 Project
  18. Tim Fahlberg’s Mathcast website and blog:
  19. Darren Kuropatwa’s blog
  20. WikiPedia article for Graphics Tablet
  21. Wacom Graphic Tablets (cross-platform)
  22. Adesso CyberPad (about $150) – Has an inking pen so you can see what you’re writing when it’s hooked up as a graphics tablet (Windows-only)
  23. Consumer Guide: Graphics & Writing tablets Product Reviews

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